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The Second Child Abuser Of Sri Lanka: The Judiciary 

By Grusha Andrews

I think all of you have heard about Dr Tush Wickramanayaka’s struggle against corporal punishment. Few days ago, the highest court of the land deemed her fundamental rights petition, seeking justice for her daughter subjected to corporal punishment at Gateway International School, not worthy of leave to proceed. If an ex-Prime Minister’s daughter, a “privileged woman” by Sri Lankan norms, cannot negotiate even a crumb of justice from the judiciary for an eleven year old child, we can only imagine the plight of the “commoner” seeking justice.

Dr. Tushara Wickramanayaka

On March 22, 2019, the Supreme Court has refused granting leave to proceed Dr Tush Wickramanayaka’s fundamental rights case seeking justice for her daughter.

In this backdrop, this is the Part 2 of my previous article on the subject of corporal punishment and child abuse titled “First Child Abuser Of Sri Lanka”. 

Child Abuse – How Big Is The Problem?

On 24th March 1996, Prof Harendra De Silva, renowned paediatrician delivered a keynote address at the Annual Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) where Dr. Tara de Mel was the Secretary to SLMA and was also an advisor to President Chandrika Kumaratunga. 

Since the early 90s Prof Harendra De Silva has been an advocate for child rights in general. Upon the request of a group of media personnel he initiated a series of public lectures and media interviews on the subject. Independent of De Silva, certain NGOs such as Don Bosco and PEACE had lobbied President Kumaratunga against sexual exploitation of children by tourists and issues on child soldiers.

Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga – Pioneer Of Reform

It was almost always the natural tendency of President Kumaratunga to spend most of her office in self-destructive political practice which earned her the disdain among her colleagues and people, rapidly declining her initially unprecedented popularity to the pits of the political earth. However, the child rights activists would forever remember her as the one politician who had the vision to initiate the ground breaking policy reforms in the sphere of child rights. 

*In 1994, as the Chief Minister of the Western Province, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, took up the issue of sexual exploitation of children by foreigners. Later as President she spearheaded law reforms that resulted in the Penal Code (amendment) Act No. 22 of 1995. The highlight of the amendment was a provision that strengthened the law governing sexual offences and offences against children. The amendment concentrated on defining offences that were previously not defined or described adequately. Further they increased sentences, and included mandatory jail sentences for some offences. 

Chandrika Kumaratunga

Professor Harendra De Silva – Unsung Hero

In December 1996, President Kumaratunga appointed a task force on child protection, chaired by Prof Harendra De Silva. De Silva’s commitment and expert contribution was largely considered a tipping point of the Child Rights discourse in Sri Lanka. 

* The task force recommended several legal amendments, including the establishment of a National Child Protection Authority (NCPA). In addition, the task force recommended a number of amendments to existing law that were subsequently enacted and are now in force. These are:

* The new amendment to the judicature act dispensed with the non-summary inquiry in the case of statutory rape (the rape of children below sixteen years of age). This reduced the duration of the court procedure that the child must undergo. Previously practiced preliminary hearing was often protracted and sometimes psychologically traumatised the child.

* Expansion of the magistrate’s authority to detain alleged perpetrators of child abuse (Code of Criminal Procedure Amendment, Act No. 28 of 1998). Previously, the magistrate was only empowered to detain an alleged perpetrator of child abuse for investigative purposes without a warrant for one day. The new amendment expanded this period of investigative detention to three days. It also gave priority to cases of child abuse and introduced a referral form for victims of child abuse. 

* Increasing the scope of prohibited conduct. For example, Act No. 29 of 1998 amended the penal code to prohibit the use of children for purposes of begging, procuring sexual intercourse, and trafficking in restricted articles. The amended penal code also imposes a legal obligation on developers of films and photographs to inform the police of indecent or obscene material involving children. 

* The presidential task force recommended other legal amendments that are now in the process of being enacted and implemented. One proposed amendment was the Evidence Ordinance that would admit video evidence of’ a child witness’s preliminary interview. Other recommendations were, dispensing with the requirement that a child witness take an oath and enabling age indication on a doctor’s certificate to serve as prima facie proof of age where age is relevant in a case and there is no better evidence available. 

Prof. Harendra de Silva

Birth Of The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA)

* One of the most important recommendations of the presidential task force on child protection was the establishment of a National Child Pro­tection Authority (NCPA). The NCPA bill was presented in Parliament by the Minister of Justice in August 1998 and was passed unanimously in November 1998 (NCPA Act’, 1998). The act was gazetted in January 1999, and the board of the NCPA was appointed in June 1999. Prof Harendra de Silva was its first chairman. 

Scope Of the NCPA

The NCPA’s mandate included a broad range of authority, objectives, and duties. They included the following:

Advising government on national policy and measures regarding the protection of children and the prevention and treatment of child abuse

Consulting and coordinating with relevant ministries, local authorities, and public and private sector organisations and recommending measures for the prevention of child abuse and the protection of victims

Recommending legal, administrative, and other reforms for the effective implementation of national policy

Monitoring the implementation of the law and the progress of investigations and criminal proceedings in child abuse cases

Recommending measures regarding the protection, rehabilitation, and reintegration into society of children affected by armed conflict

Taking appropriate steps for the safety and protection of children in conflict with the law (i.e., “juvenile offenders”)

Receiving reports of child abuse from the public

Advising and assisting local bodies and NGOs to coordinate campaigns against child abuse

Coordinating, promoting, and conducting research on child abuse

Coordinating and assisting the tourist industry to prevent child abuse

Preparing and maintaining a national database on child abuse

Monitoring organisations that provide care for children and serving as liaison to and exchanging information with foreign governments and international organisations

Many Good Women And Men

To oversee such a broad mandate, the NCPA needed the participation of professionals with a broad range of experience and skills. Hence the NCPA is comprised of:

Paediatricians

Forensic pathologists

Psychiatrists

Psychologists

A senior police officer

A senior lawyer from the Attorney General’s department

Five other members associated with child protection efforts, including members from NGOs

Ex-officio members include the Commissioners of Labor and Probation and Child Care Services, and the chairman of the monitoring committee of the CRC (Convention on the Rights of the Child)

Another panel of ex-officio members would include senior officers from the ministries of Justice, Education, Defence, Health, Social Services, Provincial Councils, Women’s Affairs, Labor, Tourism, and Media. 

* The NCPA has the advantage of reporting directly to the President, and the presence of high-ranking officials facilitates the implementation and coordination of mechanisms of’ action suggested at the NCPA meetings. 

Corporal Punishment: Is it Really Necessary? 

An Education Ministry circular was issued by Dr. Tara de Mel who was the secretary of Education to stop Corporal Punishment. However, it was not made a law through a cabinet paper at the time. Nearly a decade later the Corporal Punishment (repeal) ACT, No. 23 of 2005 was passed banning all forms of corporal punishment on children including whipping. 

A small reminder to President Sirisena who wanted to beat up the young bra throwers at the Enrique show with the “madu walige”. No Sir, you can’t. You were elected to uphold the constitution that bans you from doing exactly that!  

Judiciary’s Resistance To Eliminating Corporal Punishment 

Going back to the mother story of this article, the incident that provoked Dr Tush Wickramanayaka’s fight against corporal punishment began with her (then) 10 year old daughter’s ear being twisted by a teacher who is a habitual imparter of corporal punishment at Gateway International School. The twisting of the ear was followed by making the “offending” children kneel on the floor as punishment. The cultural interpretation and the gravity we may individually assign to such corporal punishment may differ from person to person. This may be true for the respected judges who had no qualms in denying the case the leave to proceed. 

Why is the judiciary which should be the biggest soldier upholding our constitution that ensures the rights of the child and stand against corporal punishment give such a verdict? Was it because the judges are not the super human demigods with clarity of mind that we hope they are when we pray our cases, sorrows and losses before them?

Is it because they too were abused as children and now want to reconcile their abused childhood by trivialising the violation of the constitution through implementing corporal punishment long after it has been outlawed? 

Is it because they themselves have beaten up their children at home and are reconciling their own past of aggression?

Is it because they are just human?

Is it because the bench were all men?

Is the Boys Club of the triad of law – politics – media this powerful to override our constitution?

Was it a technicality that the revered judges had to adhere to, leading the denial of leave to proceed? 

Why, why? 

It was reported that one of the judges stated that the corporal punishment imparted on this innocent child was a “sulu danduwama” (minor punishment). Who decides what minor corporal punishment is? Who defined it? Where in the law is that written?

More on this later when the official court ruling is available. 

Till then, let’s suppress our sighs for the wealth of our nation, our children, who have been given the dangerous message by the highest court in the land that it is ok to beat them up. 

* Sections of this article indicated by an asterisk (*) are direct extracts, slightly modified for ease of reading from the book titled “Child Abuse A Global View – Sri Lanka by D.G. Harendra de Silva.

References 

Child Abuse – How big is the problem? by Prof. Harendra de Silva. Keynote lecture. Sri Lanka Medical Association Annual Sessions. March 24th 1996. Colombo.

Corporal Punishment: Is it Really Necessary? D.G.H. de Silva, P. Zoysa, N. Kannangara. Published by the National Child Protection authority. 2001. In Sinhala, Tamil and English.

Child Abuse A Global View – Sri Lanka, D.G. Harendra de Silva. – Eds. Swhartz-Kenny, Mc Caulley & Epstein. Greenwood Press, Westport, USA. ISBN 0-313-30745-8

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    I agree that twisting the ear and getting the child to kneel down should be banned by law,but some other ways of disciplining a child should be allowed. Otherwise this child would have continuously forgotten her text books and the master will not be able to teach. Grusha andrews should give the solutions instead of only harping on the problem.I suggest grusha and some eminent people put up some solution to this problem to the judiciary to consider so that they can bring up some laws.

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      Dear Sir,
      Many thanks for your excellent and candid view. Follow up articles will carry more suggestions/information.
      Sincerely,
      Grusha Andrews

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        Grusha,
        I hope the following story will give you some indication of how to discipline unruly children in school.
        A teacher was conducting a lesson on English Language to 7 year olds. Drawing the letter “A” the teacher said to the class “This is letter ‘A'”.
        A disruptive child in the class asked the teacher “How do you know that is ‘A’?
        The other pupils laughed.
        The Teacher ignored him and drew the letter “B” and said this is letter “B”?
        Again the same boy asked the teacher “How do you know that is ‘B'”?
        The whole class laughed loudly.
        The Teacher ignored him and drew the letter “C” and said this is letter “C”?
        Once again the same boy asked the teacher “How do you know that is ‘C'”?
        Without replying to his question, the Teacher went behind the boy and squeezed his ear to hurt him.
        The boy screamed and said “Oh my ear”.
        Then the Teacher asked “How do you know that it is your ear”?
        The whole classed laughed.
        From then onwards the Teacher did not have any unnecessary interruptions.

        I believe that when you are discipline everything will fall in to place.
        When you give your suggestions/information how to discipline unruly children in the classroom, I hope that you would take a note of the above story.

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          Dear Grusha,
          If you are really as concerned about child abuse as you seem, why not take up the issue of child abuse in temples, and the denial of normal childhood to novices. This is the biggest child rights issue , but nobody will touch it for obvious reasons. Are you different?

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            Old Codger

            Prof Gananath Obeyesekere took up this issue and published an article titled “Child ordinations and the rights of children” (http://www.infolanka.com/org/srilanka/cult/13.htm).
            His is still a lonely voice.
            He is unpopular among the noisy minority.

            By the way do you know who funds the activities of the Global Sri Lankan (Fascist) Forum? Sarath Weerasekere visits Geneva twice a year primarily for shopping purposes. Of course Swiss Chocolates. This year Channa Masala Jeyasumana is missing.

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            We have all the western innovations, democracy, human rights, women rights, children rights, anti-corporal punishment etc, etc. Thank god, at least we can argue with a Westerner and say, “you have it, and we have it too” :-)

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            An excellent point!

            At the start of the Industrial Revolution most of the workers in factories were young children. It took many years to get rid of the practice.

            I think there is law in Lanka – not sure how well it’s enforced – that you can’t employ children under a certain age as domestic servants.

            Perhaps this is an area that flies under the radar overshadowed by more “fashionable” causes …………. it needs to be spotlighted ……. and Grusha’s and Tush’s skills would certainly help

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            Why only in temples? Haven’t you herd of what happens to Choir boys all over the world? How come nothing of that sort is mentioned in Sri lanka? Ony the Gospel according to Mathew movie starring Alston Koch shows the extreme extent of what happens

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              BD ,
              Yes, there IS a movie. That is exactly the point. There is OPEN discussion of these things among Christians. One cardinal is in jail. Why don’t Buddhists protest when five year olds are paraded in the street as “samaneras”?

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                Five year olds can join a temple and become samanera’s in just the same way as young children can join a nursery school or foster parent and learn an ethic which is usually better than what is available in the sort of homes where a 5 year old child HAD to be given up.
                But I am talking of sexual abuse, and we don’t hear any of it, although we know how common place it is, for priests to get around choir boys. How the confessional is used for exploiting women, and even silencing families need not be mentioned – should we?

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                  BD,
                  So you think 5 year olds are mature enough to make decisions about their future? Amazing!
                  It is not my fault if you don’t read newspapers and are not aware of how many Catholic priests have been jailed in Christian countries. How many Buddhist monks have been charged? Have any movies been made about abusive Buddhist monks? No, because it is AGAINST THE LAW.
                  Do you get it even now, BD?

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      Grusha Andrews,

      Thanks for the article.

      It is a balance between discipline and child abuse.How effective are the alternative humane punishments and the results?

      Yes, in this case the judiciary is “abusing” the child by not hearing the case, but on a relative scheme of things, where do you rank them in Sri Lankan society? How do you discipline brats?

      Marrying off a 12-year old girl, based on MMDA, is really Judicial child abuse and rape, and it is legal in Sri Lanka.

      What about the 7-year old Samaneras, child monks being recruited as novice monks, based on the child abuse by Buddha on 7-year Old Rahula?

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      Shankar (friends), Grusha (romans), and Tush (countrymen)

      Lend your ears to
      (Children Learn What They Live)
      Dorothy Law Nolte

      If children live with criticism,

      They learn to condemn.

      If children live with hostility,

      They learn to fight.

      If children live with ridicule,

      They learn to be shy.

      If children live with shame,

      They learn to feel guilty.

      If children live with encouragement,

      They learn confidence.

      If children live with tolerance,

      They learn to be patient.

      If children live with praise,

      They learn to appreciate.

      If children live with acceptance,

      They learn to love.

      If children live with approval,

      They learn to like themselves.

      If children live with honesty,

      They learn truthfulness.

      If children live with security,

      They learn to have faith in themselves and others.

      If children live with friendliness,

      They learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

      (Copyright © 1972/1975 by Dorothy Law Nolte)
      Note: I posted this in the first article appeared 2 weeks back

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      I don’t think we should repeatedly point the finger only at the civil war which ruined the country during the last 4 decades. It the nature of people and the their representatives (politicians) never thought about the future of this country. Societal, economic and religious destructions were the consequences, but alone putting the blame on the ethnic war and trying to be aside, not having done the due timely should be the reasoning behind the fall to all appalling levels by today. Not just education, but almost everything seems to be infected by it.
      Most of all, the vernacular language (Sinhala) is lost to hurtful levels. It has decorated with gutter talks filled with Sinhala filth leaving all respectful nature unlike we the ones in 80tes were nurtured. Be it on the TV screen, in a public transportation, schools, temples or in day today life using indecent language has become familiar. This we notice, since we have not lived in the country for during last few decades. To me, we were taught to use the language in a manner, that the respect and dignity of life are being maintained. None of these seem to be norms in today s society. Not among adults but in all age groups, they seem not taking it serious. No matter, if abusive indian teledramas or any anecdotal news coverage have constantly been shaping up the public perception of the people. I check it by myself whenever travel to the island each time, by having a chat with tuk-tuk driver to Uni dons to collect my own information. Regardless of the educational level, walks of life, people s attitudes have been restricted to a frame.

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      Nimal,
      ???###!!

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    It is the duty of the parents to look after the affairs of their children, for not letting to carry the necessary books to the class will make it difficult for the teacher because of one or more not having their books for them to refer and study. In this case I see five students have not taken their books and were given a punishment, where other children will note and not let it happen again.In our school carrier, we had not only mix race and religious teachers but Jesuit Priests also performed the task of teaching low grades and upper grades.It was a common seen that some were punished in open air by them to kneel or to put them out of the class or even punished by giving public caning .Those days teachers were given full liberty by parents to mold their children, and never ever complained to any authority or the Principal..In this case according to the writer the mother is the daughter of a ex Prime Minister and a Doctor by profession and was an very influential lady, In an earlier report I noted that she had met the present Prime Minster Mr. Ranil Wickremasinge regarding this matter.. If the parents cannot obey the laws of the school, they should send them to a school of their choice. This was a case “Nip in the bud”.

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    During our times, there were teachers who pinched the ear so hard that the marks of the nails left injured marks. There were teachers who caned, made us kneel and many other type of punishments. However we loved all of them with respect because they made us as what we are today. Teachers actions of punishments are essential to make the child be aware what is wrong and right at very young age. At older ages it is impossible to change the character.

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    The author does not indicate as to who the respondents were in the case of the FR petition and why it was dismissed summarily. Clearly, if the teacher performed an illegal act and the Police refused act, then there is a case against the police. Any lawyer worth his salt know that a fundamental rights case cannot sustain against a private party. Strictly speaking the judges have to do a job of work and if what they decide is not to the liking of the writer and the writer bashes them as child abusers then it becomes a case of firing verbal bullets at chaps who have to do a job of work. I dare say the accusation is hurting mentally no better than a spray of bullets at an unarmed, peaceful crowd, as was done in New Zealand recently. As I have said before in other commentaries we must rally round and show the world that there are effective methods in dealing with children other than using a rod or squeezing the ear. Intellectuals of the type described by the author, instead of pontificating and preaching must commission some research and prove the positive impact of new methods and the adverse effects of the archaic and barbaric methods.

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    This is ball western CRAP. They all think, that Asians before their emergence into prominence were living like Barbarians. There are no journalists with backbones. Every one, In Srilanka, I think, is trying their best to pay taxes, because politicians need to buy super luxury – four wheel drive -sports utility vehicles and the western businesses getting into insolvency need more profits. So, children are also a commodity.

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    Lankan are living in mythology and one of that includes corporal punishment as part of disciplining. The line between punishment and abuse is mostly gray and blurred and many of the times turn to abuse. Education dose not mean people are psychological minded.I have seen this among doctors too. There are quite a lot who believe in age related diagnosis. It is just an excuse to not provide adequate time and care for an elderly person.My father was given such diagnosis for his memory impairment and after ten years, turns out a reversible cause which could have been corrected, so that he would not have ended up bed ridden, secondary to severe impairment in cognitive functions. The very young and elderly are the vulnerable who cannot speak for them selves.The care givers will not be able to provide care when living in myth.

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    Tush Wickramanayaka is not a Sacred Cow no to seek special treatment from the Supreme Court?

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      As stated at the beginning of this article Tush Wickramanayaka is the ex prime ministers daughter. She has the ‘elite’ in her pocket, just look at the prominence joining in, and the media coverage–it is all about her spoilt child and her political ambitions, nothing else. The judges ruled–but for sure these people will discredit the honorable supreme court judges, they are very good at that, that’s what they do. Tush Wickramanayaka is damaging the cause, she should stand down as Chairwoman.

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    The children go through many changes before they reach adulthood. Each and every child is uniquely different.
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    It’s the task of the schools to mold them to a level where society could except them. They are the future of our country.
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    We have stopped paying good salaries to our teachers but expect them to perform miracles. Hence these days the capable ones don’t consider becoming teachers.
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    We need to reduce the ratio between teachers and students. We need to balance our laws to empower teachers with more rights in order for them to help the students.
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    Trying to stop a few incidents by going after every one doesn’t make sense. Most often the parents don’t spend much time with the children. These children seek more attention in school, in the wrong way.
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    If you can’t discipline them properly, the next solution is to summon the parents and if it doesn’t work then they will have to be expelled.
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    What’s going to be the future of the students then. Don’t teach your children to search for fairness in an unfair world. If you have the time to invest, spend more time with them and teach them how to be fair.
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    If the parents spend more time with children, the situation will not get escalated to a matter of abuse. If you can’t discipline your child, how do you expect the teachers the same?

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    Once it was an accepted practice to punish children physically and emotionally at schools for various reasons ranging from education to discipline. But now we have come a long way and humiliating children in public by various means is very detrimental to child’s development. It has to be banned altogether. of course there are many other civilised ways of punishing them and the parents too should contribute to this. Spare the rod and spare the child was a famous saying but it is totally out dated today. Do they train and educate the teachers how to deal with students? We as a nation have gone from bad to worse and if the students see how our leaders and politicians behave then they develop a different idea in their minds about discipline. They speak of drug addict and sex abusers in the parliament, religions have mostly become a business and every one wants to get out of the country so what hope lies for the kids under such a scenario?

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      nathan
      ” humiliating children in public by various means is very detrimental to child’s development.”

      that is what i am also worried about.During our time we couldn’t care a damn,but now times have changed we may do permanent damage.

      “of course there are many other civilised ways of punishing them and the parents too should contribute to this.”

      Like what?I have met people in western countries who have left the teaching profession and say thank god,it was too stressful for them to deal with the kids.

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    Spare the rod and spoil the brat was the old colonial time saying and it never failed. Must continue without giving in PC.

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      Nimal,

      I fully agree with the old adage “Spare the Rod and spoil the Brat”.

      There’s nothing wrong in either a parent, teacher or even an adult stranger giving a little bassturd, a slap in the face or a thundering Pol tokka. I once twisted the arm of a little brat I didn’t even know who he was at first. After he dislocated his wrist from the severe twisting only I got to know who the parents of this little brat was. They were from a poor labourer family close to our ancestral home in Kandy. The parents even thanked me for administering the punishment.

      But I have to say, I rarely if at all ever him my own son and daughter. Of co8urse, I would never hit my lovely princess. But my son, although I nearly got to the point of hitting him, I never did so. But that’s because they my children.

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    Grusha Andrews is emotive calling the SL Judiciary the ~ “The Second Child Abuser Of Sri Lanka”.
    PS: Grusha’s “First Child Abuser of SL” was MS for saying that ‘caning’ made him a man or something like that.
    .
    Dr Tush Wickramanayaka’s struggle against corporal punishment inflicted on her daughter at Gateway International School, is bold but somewhat narrow.
    We, layLankans, hope that she will broaden the spectrum to all SL children.

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    Gush Andrews has again gone to the extreme and attacked the judiciary. May be the daughter of a Prime Minster felt, “how dare a mere teacher try to twist the ear of my daughter”, and decided to take action. Couldn’t she have used the Parent-Teacher’s association? Aren’t there any other means of resolution of disputes of this sort?
    This is more a matter of some one who felt that her feathers were ruffled, rather than a case child abuse.
    Doesn’t she, or Gursha Andrews, know that many cases where a person has been killed are still languishing in overcrowded courts with far too many ear-pinching cases taking the time of the judiciary?
    Shouldn’t people be punished for bringing frivolous cases to the courts?
    It was this Gursha Andrews who was trying to tar brush Sangakkara the great cricketer, one of our model citizens, by trying to put forward a highly contorted twisted judgment against him. It was Gursha Andrews who attacked the well-known international scientist Prof. Dharmawardana (who must be in his mid eighties) of being a paid writer of multinationals because she did not agree with his views. Now Gursha pushes the hyperbole to the extreme, and the judiciary becomes the biggest Child abuser because it refuses to hear the case of a child whose ear is said to have been twisted..
    Even journalists must have a sense of judgment.
    Is there a simple way of twisting the ear of a journalist?

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      ‘Pushing the hyperbole to the extreme.’
      Vimala G — brilliantly analyzed and nicely said. Thank you very much for your thoughts on this matter.

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    Undoubtedly, this story by Grusha Andrews addresses a valid social evil. However, though this is rather insignificant because it is glaring the Srilankan Judges fall way below the professional standards of their European, Indian and even South African or Zimbabwean counterparts but the worst is Srilankan judges can be easily bought by the rich to turn justice on it’s head, upside down. To him the Mount Everest is overshadowed by a mole hill which is very sad.

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    Shame, Shame Sri Lanka
    When I read these comments, I feel Sri Lanka, as a whole, is a sick nation. stone age mindset.
    It is not Dharma Dweepaya, Saparada Dweepaya.
    How can they condone, coursing physical pain to any living creature. In the civilized world, it is unthinkable.

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      Sisira Weragoda,

      What is unthinkable about the millions of Farm animals killed for food in the so-called civilized world?

      Are you one of those claiming that because it happens in the civilized world, the animals would be subjected to a painless death?

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        I guess this could help to set it back. Someone has let all the underneath BOLD.

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    I think Vimala G or hanco panch has accidentally left every thing in bold. I will correct it .
    However, I think Vimala G has hit the nail perfectly. This is a case of an ex- Prime Minster’s daughter being upset that anyone dared to twist the year of her daughter !
    So they want to clog up the justice system!

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    Gursha Andrews – the best Sri Lankan journalist that Sri Lanka has ever produced after Emil van der Puten and Dr Sarath De Alwis. 4th is Shyamon Jayasinghe.

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    Sisira, you are a good man. My sincere advise is to not to respond to retarded shemale pariah . He is a pervert sick puppy in hiding.(you may be aware too) . His sole purpose is “attention seeking” and to be “center of attraction” , This in mind the stupid guy keeps making silly obscene comments and made up stories for “shock value”. So do not waste your precious time by responding to such comments.

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    Last week a small child was brutally assaulted–last week a small child was sexually abused–Last year the ex prime ministers daughters ear was pulled. Tush Wickramanayaka resign your post now as Chairwoman you are damaging the cause, you are a disgrace to the cause.

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    will the next court case taken on by Dr Tush Wickramanayaka’s organization involve one of the many cases of poor children being subjected to corporal punishment, or will she be bringing her daughter again? Would be of interest to see where the priorities of this organization lie, and wether or not they are really interested in the children who have no legal representation, giving them a lawyer, the financial backing, and the support needed. Or is this a case of as Vimala in her post above nicely put it –“a case of ruffled feathers”.

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